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OCTOBER 2021 | Contents
07 What’s On
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Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
We’re delighted to bring you lots of positive news stories this month, our favourite of all is featured on this month’s cover. The extraordinary efforts of the team of staff and supporting volunteers at Henfield Medical Centre during the Covid-19 vaccination programme has been well documented and we are extremely proud of them all. However, what you may not know is that many of the volunteers gave up their nominal NHS payment, which was then donated to the Henfield Haven. That’s an incredible £18,000 to keep our dementia services running! Congratulations, and a huge and heartfelt Henfield ‘thank you’ to them all. Although delayed several times, the Henfield Haven CIO and volunteers finally got to celebrate being awarded the QAVS (Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services). It was a wonderful afternoon in the sunny Haven garden and everyone present was extremely proud of all that’s been done to rescue the Haven. Also in this magazine; a report on the delightful Walk for Louise, a preview of the new HTC production (hooray for the return of live theatre!) and a spooky article from Sussex Wildlife Trust. Enjoy October
Emma Cole, Editor
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HTC’s The Government Inspector
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Vaccine volunteers donate
Walk for Louise
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Sussex Wildlife Trust
Many thanks to our editorial and photographic contributors this month;
Digby Stephenson, Martin Love, Karen Crawford Clarke, Charlotte Owen, Ian Henham, Morven Banks, Sarah Butler and Paul Samrah. Cover photographs of the Henfield Medical Centre vaccination team courtesy of Morven Banks and Karen Crawford Clarke with additional artwork by Helen Boosey. BN5 magazine is printed on 100% FSC approved managed forests paper at Gemini Print in Shoreham and is printed using vegetable-based inks.
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Local Artisan Market
Small Dole Harvest Fair
A range of artisan food stalls from local producers, organised by Henfield Community Partnership.
Local produce, arts, crafts and plants. Free entry. Proceeds to Small Dole Skate Park.
Sun 3 Oct, 10.30am-2.30pm, Small Dole Village Hall
Sun 3 Oct, 10am-2pm, Henfield Hall Car Park
B-P Jumble Sale & Auction
The Government Inspector
The ever popular B-P Guild Jumble sale returns with assorted jumble, bric-a-brac and an auction. Tea, coffee and refreshments available.
A modern adaptation of the 19th Century comedy. Tickets available from Stevens Estate Agents.
An Evening of Magic
The Jam Pot Winter Fair
14-16 Oct, 7.45pm + Sat matinee 2.30pm, The Henfield Hall
Sat 9 Oct, 2pm, The Henfield Hall
Tue 19 Oct, 8pm, Henfield Club The incredible Ben Williams returns for an evening of fun and magic. Tickets £10 from Marcus Grimes or the Henfield Club.
Sun 24 October, 10am-3pm, the Henfield Hall
Vintage furniture. mirrors, cushions and cards, clothing, beautiful fabrics, plants and china. Cafe open for cake and lunch. £1 entry, children free.
Henfield Art Club Exhibition
The 38th Annual Art Exhibition showcasing local artists. Free entry. Check p12 for opening times.
Benoit Viellefon and his fabulous band. To book Sunday Lunch to enjoy this fantastic Jazz Trio call 01903 815757 or email email@example.com
29-31 Oct, The Henfield Hall
Sun 31 Oct, 2.30 - 6pm, Tottington Manor
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An Indian Table: a family’s recipes during the Raj
When rummaging through the attic, Hurstpierpoint resident Bryony Hill - wife of the late footballer and TV personality Jimmy Hill - unearthed a fascinating collection of watercolours, sketches and recipes dating back to her family’s time in India in the 18th century. These Anglo-Indian dishes offer a unique glimpse of the challenges facing those intrepid early settlers in India and prompted Bryony to put them together in a unique recipe book, An Indian Table. Bryony’s great-great grandmother Emily Begbie and her great grandmother Eleanor ‘Nell’ Birch were both excellent, instinctive cooks, which explains why many of the recipes have no detailed instructions. ‘Cooking facilities were basic in the extreme,’ says Bryony. ‘The wood-fired oven was either piping hot or stone cold and the only way to adjust the temperature was to leave the oven door open. Access to fresh produce and supplies was haphazard, and preserving foodstuffs by pickling, salting and bottling was a necessity.’ ‘Some of these recipes might represent more of a curiosity to our 21st century tastes but others - such as Devil Meat and Zandrina Pudding remain family favourites,’ says Bryony. ‘What is certain is that mealtimes around the family table in the days of the Raj were never dull!’ An Indian Table: a family’s recipes during the Raj, by Bryony Hill, £9.99, is available to order from bookshops.
The Henfield Hall Annual Quiz
We are hoping to arrange our Quiz for Friday 3 December at 7.30pm with Paul Samrah as Quiz Master. We will publish further details nearer the time but we are planning to have tables of eight
at a cost of £56 for a table (including food). This is always a popular event, and as we may have to limit numbers, so please contact David Phillipson on 01273 493365 as quickly as possible to register your interest.
Michael Russell-Smith, 09/10/1937 – 05/08/2021
Mike Russel Smith died peacefully at home at the beginning of August after battling a long illness. Mike’s love of taking risks and pushing boundaries started at a young age. As a young child he was evacuated during the Second World War but managed to escape and return home. As a college student he developed a lifelong love of the sea and farming before undertaking his National Service with the RAF in Germany. He then moved into the transport business, gained the Freedom of the City of London, travelled extensively across Europe and the Middle East and set up several companies. I met Mike in 1987 and in 1994 we set up Cornerweighs health food shop, followed by the Natural Solution health Clinic. After starting sheep farming as a hobby, he also got into the agricultural business in 2004. Even after semi-retirement Mike continued to use his business skills to help the local community. He joined the Planning Committee of Henfield Parish Council and became Treasurer for Henfield Leisure Centre, helping them to get on a good business footing. He helped overhaul their accounts system, introduced them to accounting software and used his experience to help them get a great deal with Barclays Bank. Manager Simon Thompson described his involvement with the Leisure Centre as “a godsend”! We married in 2001 and we were blessed with two beautiful daughters: Hannah in 2003 and Didi in 2005. In March 2008 Mike suffered a dense stroke, the legacy of which he battled with for over 13 years. Mike was a good man and he was liked and will be remembered by many for his wicked sense of humour.
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OCTOBER 2021 | News Harrison raced to first place in four of the eight Starting School rounds and also set a new lap record for the If you have a child who will be starting school track. He takes the winner’s trophy plus the first next September, it is now time to be considerprize of a Go-Pro camera. ing where you would like your child to start Harrison is also racing in championships in Kent their primary education. St Peter’s CofE (Aided) Primary School in Henfield is a warm, welcoming, and Essex and he hopes to add more trophies inclusive and caring school, where all our staff are to his collection later this year. And no doubt he’ll be defending his Kartmaster title in the next committed to ensuring that every child is given championship. Drivers hoping to compete in the the opportunities to reach their full potential. prestigious Kartmaster event, keep practising and Our children learn in a fun, engaging, purposeful look out for the next event, scheduled to start in environment that is tailored to meet the needs October this year. of all pupils. Our broad and balanced curriculum Harrison is seen here, centre podium with second gives pupils the opportunity to meet all National and third place driver’s, Matt Sleight from StorCurriculum requirements but also to learn from rington and Jack Lee from Burgess Hill. first-hand experiences and varied learning opportunities across a range of inspiring topics. All David Brooks the work we embark upon at St. Peter’s follows our key values: Respectful, Resourceful, Resilient Henfield Platinum Jubilee Crocus and Aiming High. Ribbon If St Peter’s is one of your considered schools, then you are warmly invited to come along to one At the last Henfield Parish Council Recreation & of our open week tours so you can meet the staff Open Spaces Committee Meeting it was decided to support the idea of planting more flowers and and children and hear about our plans for the future. Please telephone Alice (01273 492447) or trees in public spaces around the village. The planting would enhance the village as well as email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a commemorate the upcoming Queen’s Platinum place on one of the following tours with myself: Monday 4 October: Tuesday 5 October: Wednes- Jubilee next year. Our plan is to plant a Henfield Platinum Jubilee day 6 October: Thursday 7 October: Friday 8 ‘Crocus Ribbon’ through the village on verges October. and other grassy green spaces. The bulbs would Denise Maurice, Headteacher
Championship win for Henfield driver After a thrilling eight rounds of fast and demanding racing at speeds of up to 60mph, Wednesday 18 August saw the final race in the current series of the prestigious 2021 Kartmaster Championship. It’s the only outdoor karting championship in Sussex and takes place annually at Brighton Karting, part of the Q Leisure outdoor activity complex in Albourne. This year the event attracted over 50 experienced local racers together with driver’s from across the South whose ages ranged from as young as 14 to 68. Each round consisted of a 10-minute timed qualification to decide grid positions followed by a 25-minute race to the flag. Taking first place in the championship light class was Henfield local, Harrison Brooks 16.
Under New Management!
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News | OCTOBER 2021 need to be planted this Autumn to bloom from spring 2022 and we are hoping that a number of Henfield Clubs, Community Groups, local Businesses, Street Neighbourhood Groups or Residents’ Associations might like to contribute to this village-wide planting. We are also planning to promote the planting of a number of large native trees in the village this autumn, partly in response to residents’ requests but also to increase henfield’s contribution to the nationwide drive to plant more trees. If your club or residents’ group or business would like more information or be interested in taking part in either scheme, please contact office@ henfield.gov.uk. Suggestions for tree planting locations, and offers to help with planting would be welcome. Financial contributions to help fund the extension of the crocus ribbon around the village would also be welcomed.
Cllr Gillian Perry, Chair of Recreation & Open Spaces Committee, Henfield Parish Council
Peter’s Tin Collection
Wow, what an achievement! Henfield’s Peter Stanislas has now collected more than 47,000 tin cans for recycling! With the proceeds he’s purchased 21 trees, all planted in various locations around the village, many thanks to Swains Farm Shop and Garden Centre for all their help. He’s not stopping there; you can donate your cans by depositing them in the box in his front garden (at Fleece Cottage, London Road, just down from the High Street). He’d like to thank the whole village for their support and for their kindness. Well done, Pete, what a wonderful effort!
Friends of St Barnabas
The Friends have managed to raise some money through the collection ‘tins’ located in shops in and around Henfield. We also managed to sell items on e-bay during lockdown and since last June we raised over £1,200 thanks mainly to an incredible sale of a Paddington bear which went Matt’s Monster Mile for £850! I am pleased to announce that the I’d like to thank everyone who supported me for Friends are resuming their meetings in the Free my burpee mile. I managed to raise £2,100 for the Church Hall on 7 October at 7.30pm. We would Henfield Youth Club! And £200 for the Rocking welcome any new members to the group, who orHorse Appeal. Big thanks to Paul for shouting ganise events throughout the year to raise money on the street, Clive for counting the burpees, my for St. Barnabas Hospice. wife for fuelling me, my boy for showing me how a burpee is done and Henfield Youth Club and my Steve Parnell mum for running the raffle and collecting funds.
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Henfield Art Club are pleased to announce their 38th Annual Art Exhibition. Once a year both professional and amateur members of the Club join together to exhibit their work in Henfield Village Hall. The weekend event starts on Friday 29 October at 7 - 9pm and continues over Saturday and Sunday. Two awards are voted for at the Exhibition: the Garside Award is a public vote for the ‘Picture of the Year’ and the Al Salvage Trophy is a members vote award for the ‘Best Exhibit’, including 3D works. The main hall is taken over by the art club and stewarded by its members. The entire hall accommodates the show and visitors have the opportunity of meeting the artists and discussing their work, technique and inspiration. For more news go to www.henfieldbn5.co.uk
OCTOBER 2021 | News The event is free and open to the public for the entire weekend so please come and join us and vote for which you feel is the ‘Perfect Picture’. For more information please contact newsletter@ henfieldartclub.co.uk
Photo © Greg Funnell
Christmas is coming…
Yes, it seems early to talk about Christmas but we wanted to share some good news. The Henfield Christmas Tree Festival will be on again this year at the Free Church! All the Christmas trees, the twinkling lights, the amazing ornaments, the well-loved carols and festive atmosphere will on display as the church opens for the High Street late night shopping evening. We have had some truly spectacular trees in the past, happy carollers and some special visitors like Spooky the donkey from Swains. More details will follow but now is the time to start thinking about decorating a tree and joining in the fun. Businesses, families and individuals are invited to create a tree. If you need any further information at this stage please call Karmel (07835 993354) or Suzy (07977 203903).
Ninebarrow Folk Duo at St Peter’s Henfield
St Peter’s are delighted to welcome back to Henfield, Ninebarrow on Thursday 14 October at 7.30pm. They are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by BBC Radio 2 presenter Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Emerging Artist and most recently picking up Best Duo in the Folking.com awards 2019, their latest album, ‘A Pocket Full of Acorns’ was released to wide-spread critical acclaim including coverage on BBC1’s Countryfile and BBC Radio 4’s ‘Front Row’. Tickets are £14 in advance (plus 40p booking fee) or £16 on the door. Tickets can be purchased at www.ninebarrow.co.uk/henfield
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At last Henfield Birdwatch treasurer Val Bentley has been able to present The Haven with a cheque for £503 raised at last May’s Big Bird Bash. The various walks over the week-end were joined by folk with bird knowledge both little and great which resulted in 69 different species being recorded. It all happens again over the weekend of 1-5 October although this will not be a sponsored event. Come on you autumn migrants!
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Thank you for donating items to Sustainable Henfield to sell to raise money for Henfield Haven. Since last September you have donated over 300 items and we have raised over £10,000! In future we will be supporting more local charities. To be able to do this we need people to help us clean, photograph, research and list items on line. This is not difficult to do and we can train volunteers to do this either independently or alongside us. If you can help us to continue this valuable work please contact Ruth on 07729 483068.
A very grateful cat owner would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped look for Alba the tortoiseshell and white cat who went missing from Nyes Close in Henfield in the early hours of 25 August. She eventually returned home on 28 August, very hungry, thirsty and tired but thankfully unharmed, and has so far neglected to share where she went on her holiday! Thank you to everyone for all their support and kindness while she was missing. Having only moved to the area recently, a stressful few days turned out to be a wonderful introduction to how supportive the Henfield community is.
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Henfield Art Club
Come and join Henfield Art Club where Hannah Bruce will be demonstrating painting shiny things in acrylics and will talk to us about promoting our art businesses on social media. Hannah is a professional and award winning artist from Woking. Since 2013 she has been creating original artworks in a range of mediums which she sells all over the world. The demonstration takes place in the Main Hall, Henfield Village Hall, on Tuesday 26 October at 7 for 7,15pm. New members and guests may purchase tickets on the door. For more information please contact email@example.com
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Henfield Evangelical Free Church
It’s time to start thinking about filling a shoe box for underprivileged people living in Eastern Europe again. Details can be found at www. linktohope.co.uk and forms are available from Jean Whiting on 01273 493171 or at the Evangelical Free Church. Please return your filled boxes to the Church by 5 November. Each year we are able, with the help of the generous people of Henfield, to send a large number of boxes to Link to Hope and the response we receive shows that they are really appreciated.
Henfield weekly Market re-opens under New Management
On Monday morning 6 September the weekly market re-opened in the Village Hall under new management. We now have a range of stalls including home-baked goodies, glassware, shoes, skincare, jewellery, sweets, books and toys as well as a cafe providing teas, coffees, scones and cakes. The Hall is looking great after its refurbishment, so we hope the local community will support the market and shop local! Variety is the spice of life, so we are always looking for new stallholders with interesting, unique or upcycled items to sell. Tables are just £10 each. Please firstname.lastname@example.org
Henfield Cricket Club
Henfield Cricket Club would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to all those who turned out to support our 250-year anniversary match Backstage Farce against the MC. on Sunday 29 August. It felt as though the whole village was there resulting Now that we are hopefully over the worst of in many of the MCC players remarking on the Covid 19 Partridge Green Players are excited atmosphere and support shown and how they to announce that they are back in action and planning their next production - Backstage Farce enjoyed the whole day. The Cricket Clubs bar was drunk dry, the BP Guild stall sold all its food and by Steve Barker. The play is a comedy about an drink, the pizza van sold out of pizza’s, Ridgeview amateur dramatics group getting ready for their wine tent sold out of English fizz and the ice first night of ‘A Bit of Slap and Tickle’, needless cream and coffee vans did a great trade all day. to say things don’t go well and its pretty much a disaster! However we are sure it will be a real The cricket match itself went down to the last ball laugh and a fun night out for everyone! of the game. The keenly contested match was ultimately drawn with Henfield 9 wickets down and Making their debut as a Director will be Roz 2 runs short of victory. A fantastic cricket match, Richardson, although she has performed on stage many times, and she will be joined by Angie coupled with plenty of off-field entertainment and Barrett. Enjoying their acting debut is Cat Booker, great weather, hopefully made for a fantastic day one of our newest (and youngest) members. Per- for the village and all those spectators around the ground. formances will be at Partridge Green Village Hall on 24 – 27 November, and tickets will be on sale Although the Cricket Club were celebrating 250 from September. years as a club, in fact we know that cricket was played in Henfield in 1721, (50 years earlier). AcTickets will be £5 each for Wednesday and £8 cording to Marchant’s Diary on Thursday 18 May each for Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances.They will be available from info@pgplay- 1721: “A fine day. The boys kept holy day. Will and Terry went to a cricket match at Henfield.” ers.org or call 07882254964, or call in at Louisa So we know that cricket has now been played in Jayne Hairdressers or The Partridge pub (both Henfield for 300 years! in Partridge Green)The Players very much look forward to welcoming you all back. Conway Thorns
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Horsham District Community Climate Fund
sent to Andrew Griffith, MP for Arundel & South Downs, to highlight to him local concerns about global heating, a greener world and cleaner air for Applications are now invited for the next round of all, in preparation the imminent COP26 meeting funding. This summer the latest Inter-governmen- of nations. tal Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report was Laurence Teillet, co-ordinator of the Devil’s Dyke published, painting a stark picture of the rate of event, said: “The action was to gently remind climate change. But scientists say a catastrophe people that our National Park is fragile like the can be avoided if the world acts fast. With the UK rest of the planet. We need to tackle air pollution hosting the 2021 United Nations climate summit, and global heating together now so we can boost known as COP26, this November in Glasgow our own wellbeing, and leave a safer, cleaner and there is now a huge opportunity to act together to greener place for future generations”. tackle climate change. Laurence Teillet Horsham District Council has set up a Community Climate Fund to support local communities that share their vision of becoming a carbon neutral District. Your projects should be related to reducing carbon levels locally, reducing the use of resources such as energy and water, or encouraging the minimisation of waste. The next round of applications opens from 4 October to 12 November 2021. For more information see page 53.
Henfield’s Seal Devil’s Dyke quiet crafters ‘gentle protest’
On the August bank holiday weekend, several local families came together at the top of Devil’s Dyke for a gentle climate protest to draw attention to global heating. Everybody was dressed in yellow and some were wearing shirt capes that were crafted from reclaimed and second-hand textiles. The Craftivists (craft + activist) took their inspiration from the canary - a sensitive little bird who in the past helped warn miners of dangerous gases. On the day, the fun costumes caught the attention of several visitors, some who directly visited the #canarycraftivists to find out more, and some younger children who were intrigued by the yellow outfits and had many questions to ask. A collection of handmade canaries by the Craftivists were also at the event. One of these has been 14 | BN5 Magazine
Many thanks to Henfield postman and amateur photographer Alan Robinson for sending us this lovely shot of the Henfield seal taken at sunset on the River Adur back in August.
Sandy Lane – A major local victory
A second appeal by Fairfax Acquisitions, in less than two years, to develop housing on a green field north of Sandy Lane in Henfield, has again been dismissed by a Government Planning Inspector – following an appeal heard over two days in late June 2021. The protection of the field was won on landscape and heritage grounds despite Horsham not being able to demonstrate a five-year forward housing land supply. The recently made Henfield Neighbourhood Plan, which achieved over 90% approval amongst voters throughout Henfield, underpinned the Inspectors decision, who made it very clear than no developer should be allowed to drive a coach and horses through a made email@example.com
Neighbourhood Plan – just because their site is not allocated within what is a community-developed Neighbourhood Plan. In Henfield’s case, the newly made Neighbourhood Plan has taken many years to reach fruition. CPRH are confident that the grounds for the inspectors dismissal of this latest appeal, were so strong, that the likelihood of a developer trying to appeal yet again to develop this field in future, are very slim indeed. The dismissal particularly highlighted the proximity of listed cottages to the site, particularly Old Mill House & its historic garden, combined with the exceptional far-reaching views of the South Downs National Park visible to anyone walking or driving from Nep Town Road down towards Dropping Holms. These heritage and landscape characteristics are physically immovable. Many thanks to our large base of supporters for helping us achieve such a resounding result.
Matters raise funds ahead of the winter period, when demand for our services increases and those families struggling need support more than ever.”
Phil Johnson, Chairman CPRH (Campaign to Protect Rural Henfield)
Charity orchestral concert to support Horsham Matters
Horsham Matters has teamed up with composer Grenville Richard Harding for a fundraising concert in aid of the charity that supports those in hardship in the Horsham district. The worship concert on 31 October 31 will feature a 60-piece orchestra playing works by Grenville, a Christian pianist and composer who has performed extensively across the UK, from the Royal Festival Hall to Ronnie Scott’s, as well as on TV. The event will be held at St Mary’s Church, Horsham, at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £10 in advance (£12 on the door) and are available from the Horsham Matters superstore, by calling 0300 124 0204 (option 3), or online at www.horsham-matters.com. Fundraising manager Paula Daly said the high calibre of musicians and the impressive venue made the event one not to be missed. “The orchestral concert will not only provide a great night’s entertainment, but also help Horsham
Jack Dance Trial 125 World Champion 2021
16 year old Jack from Partridge Green has been competing in the FIM World Trials Championship 2021, starting the season back in June with the first round held in Italy and subsequent rounds in Andora and France. With the full support from his Gas Gas Factory Team and very supportive family, he kept calm and relaxed and kept his cool to become Trial 125 World Champion. Jack said: “It’s an amazing feeling being World Champion, I’ve had an amazing team around me and would like to thank my family, team and everyone for their support back at home, I feel great”. Jack now continues with his British Championship back home riding in the class above, Trial 2 on his 250 Gas Gas, where he is currently coming third in the championship with three remaining rounds. He is always looking for local sponsorship if anyone is interested.
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Peter Hudson, 1934-2021
Peter was a dedicated and well-loved public servant and a true friend of the village. He moved to Henfield in 1971 and was active on Henfield Parish Council from 1979 to 2001, standing as Chairman from 1987-1992. He was a proactive and hard-working Councillor, putting in place many improvements for the village and overseeing the formation of the Late Night Shopping event. With the Parish Council he took on responsibility for the Remembrance Parade, at the pivotal time when the Royal British Legion closed in the village, and much of the present and very successful format is from his original template. He oversaw the formation of the new Henfield Leisure Centre during his Chairmanship and helped to create the Coat of Arms, Henfield was only the second village in the country to have its own. In later years, many Henfield people will remember his booming and friendly voice over the tannoy at countless village fairs. He exuded charm and kindness, his interview techniques encouraged even the shyest children to chat about their prizewinning ‘vegetable monster’ and it was always a pleasure to listen to his witty anecdotes. When the title of ‘Citizen of Henfield’ was bestowed upon him in 2002 it was well deserved, he was only the second person in Henfield to receive this accolade. Peter was born in 1934 and grew up during WWII, he remembered watching the Battle of Britain in the skies above him, his 10th birthday fell on D-Day 1944. Upon leaving school he became a trainee Draftsman, then put his career on hold for three years’ service in the RAF medical branch. He was married to Jackie in 1964 and they had four children; John, Susan, Lucie and Katie, they also have 10 grandchildren. Peter was active in the Brighton Lions Club for 25 years, where he was president in 1974. Amongst other Lions projects and in response to the great elderly loneliness issues in Brighton, he helped set up the Brighton Lions Community Centre. Each day the centre welcomed over 100 elderly 16 | BN5 Magazine
Brighton residents to enjoy activities such as keep fit, dancing, painting, sculpture, bingo and billiards. He went on to win the Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship award for his studies of ‘Loneliness amongst elderly people’ in 1979 and met Her Majesty the Queen as part of the fellowship award. One of his favourite posts was as governor of a special needs school in Brighton, which he found incredibly fulfilling. In Henfield he and Jackie were regular churchgoers at St Peter’s, with Jackie teaching Sunday School for some time and Peter as Churchwarden for six years. He was also a Governor at St Peter’s School for several years and longstanding trustee of the Dame Elizabeth Gresham Charity, which has served the village for 360 years! In recognition of his service to the village, Peter was honoured by having Hudson Way on the Deer Park Estate named after him. In his final years he lived with Parkinson’s and approached this challenge with all the good humour and resilience that is so reflective of his character. Peter’s funeral took place on 22nd September at St Peter’s Church.
Steyning Art Group annual Exhibition
We are holding our annual art exhibition for one day only on Saturday 2nd October at 9.30am at The Steyning Centre. All visitors are welcome. Along with our new paintings and large collection of home made greeting cards we will be showing ongoing sketchbook work done during lockdown. There is plenty of parking at the Centre. We look forward to seeing you there.
Steyning Art Group
For over 20 years Heber Opera has been performing opera throughout Sussex but the past year and a half has been the longest time that they have been absent from the stage. They, with fortissimo delight, are returning for three concert performances in October: Uckfield Civic Centre 10 October, 6 pm; Steyning Centre 16 October 7.30 pm; and Hurstpierpoint Village Centre 17th October at 6pm. The programme includes favourite solos and choruses from well-known operas including Otello, Nabucco, Aida, Pagliacci, Madama Butterfly and For more news go to www.henfieldbn5.co.uk
OCTOBER 2021 | News Tosca. The Heber Chamber Ensemble will accom- Booking essential, tickets selling fast kew.org/ pany the performances. The performances will be glowwild about an hour and the tickets are £10. Frances Teehan The soloists include Dick Bacon, Veronica Brooks, Matthew Connelly, Tim Crouch, Nick Forrest, Steve Hawksley and Grace Loveless. Tickets are available from www.Ticketsource.co.uk/heberopera and 07340 251875.
Ilidia runs for the Haven
I am happy to announce that I am running London Marathon to raise money for the Haven on 3 October! I volunteer at the Haven on a Wednesday - it’s a lovely venue for people with dementia and their families, providing music, entertainment, a lovely cafe and a beautiful outdoor area. If you would like to sponsor me please see: www. gofundme.com/f/ny8h8-haven henfieldhaven.org/ donations.html
‘England expects that every man will do his duty’
Thus, Admiral Nelson inspired his men before the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Sussex Branch of the Royal Society of St George is marking the occasion by a Brass Fusion concert on Saturday 23 October 2021 in the Henfield Hall. Tickets at £10 are available from Christina’s, High Street, Henfield. The bar will open at 7pm and the concert starts at 7.30pm. Monies raised will be distributed to local charities.
Call for Computer Club Mentors
Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex, is pleased to announce the return of Glow Wild, the popular winter lantern trail. As darkness falls, let the magic begin as the gardens are transformed with glowing lanterns, mesmerising projections, immersive soundscapes, and glistening torches of fire. Returning for its eighth year, Glow Wild is an unmissable evening of winter wonder, packed full of surprises and home to UK’s tallest living Christmas tree decorated with 1,800 lights. This year’s trail reflects on the beauty of nature that has blossomed during the pause of the past year, reminding us to tread lightly and allow the wild to unfurl around us. Brand new installations include dazzling glowworms in the Twilight Garden, animated projections the trees, and awardwinning light designers return with spectacular displays reflecting over Black Pond. Glow Wild runs on selected evenings from 25 November to 2 January. Choose from 12 time slots at 20-minute intervals between 4.30pm and 8.15pm. On select evenings quiet sessions are available from 4.15pm for visitors with hidden disabilities, such as autism.
The Henfield Computer Club has been incredibly busy since reopening on 1 September and we’re in need of more mentors. Our mentors help people familiarise themselves with the use of a computer whether it’s a laptop, tablet or smartphone. If you can spare a couple of hours on a Wednesday morning and have a reasonable knowledge of using the basic facilities of computers, whether Microsoft, Android or Mac, then please consider joining us. There is no commitment to attending every week and you’ll find helping others is incredibly rewarding. You’ll also find we’re a very friendly and easy-going club. Either pop in and meet us in the Garden Room, Henfield Hall on a Wednesday morning or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you for a chat.
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he Lord Lieutenant for West Sussex Mrs Susan Pyper attended the Henfield Haven on Sunday 5 September to present the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS). Created in 2002 for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, QAVS awards have been shining a light on the fantastic work of voluntary groups for many years. Equivalent to an MBE, QAVS are the highest awards given to local voluntary groups in the UK, and they are awarded for life. The award was made to the Henfield Haven in June last year but lockdown prevented the actual presentation until now. It recognises the amazing work by the Henfield Community and a group of volunteers that saved the Henfield Day Care Centre from threat of closure in 2015. Renamed the Henfield Haven, it is now a vital community centre providing high-needs care for people living with dementia, carer support and company for those who are vulnerable or isolated. The Haven Café provides freshly cooked meals and snacks every weekday and these
are available to the whole community. All this is run by a wonderful team of volunteers. At the presentation, Mrs Pyper praised the work of the 60+ volunteers without whom the Haven would not have survived. She also thanked the Haven which became the operations centre for the Henfield Helpline during the Covid-19 lockdowns, providing much needed support to nearly 500 households in the local area and coordinating several hundred volunteers. The picture shows the Lord Lieutenant Mrs Susan Pyper presenting the award to chair of the Haven Charitable Incorporated Organisation Digby Stephenson, along with Deputy Lieutenant Caroline Nicholls, High Sheriff Neil Hart, Ray Osgood (who nominated the Haven) and two volunteers: Liz Hodgson from the Garden Gang and café worker Michael Butlin.
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fter being very rudely interrupted by 18 months of pandemic, live theatre is back in Henfield! There is much excitement in the Henfield Theatre Company (HTC) who are itching to get back on stage and present their latest offering. Under the circumstances, it had to be a comedy; that’s what we all need, and this one fits the bill. The chosen production is ‘The Government Inspector’, a play originating from the early 19th century, by Russian novelist and playwright Nikolai Gogol, but as a modern adaptation by David Harrower. That might not sound very funny – but don’t be misled! This is a sparkling and energetic, occasionally ribald, satirical comedy of errors showing the best of Russian corruption during the reign of the Tzars in the 1830s. It is set in a small provincial town where the mayor and his subordinates are awaiting a visit from the government in St Petersburg to check up on their activities. There is much anxiety surrounding the arrival of the inspector, and with good reason, but what will he be like? They could scarcely have dreamed what would happen next! It’s a riot from start to finish and a mistaken identity exposes the hypocrisy and corruption at the heart of the town in this biting moral satire. The misunderstanding and mayhem are accompanied by jazz suite music by Shostakovich, creating an atmosphere of fun and frolic to enjoy. HTC has put together a great cast who are
looking forward to entertaining the Henfield audiences with this important offering and Trevor Hodgson, the director, has after some years of anticipation, had a lot of fun honing it into shape. While having fun is a major objective here, HTC will be mindful of the need for caution and for ensuring that the audience members feel comfortable. They will, of course, be adhering to the prevailing Covid guidance when the production is running. The play will be set in the round, in the main hall, and the audience numbers will not be as high as they would be with the normal seating arrangement. However, those who went to see Brighton Beach Memoirs, which had similar staging, will remember how well it worked and how much closer to the action they were. To compensate for the reduced capacity, HTC have added an extra performance, a Saturday matinée, to their usual play programme. This has the additional benefit that those who prefer to be able to see the production and get home before it gets too late, will be able to do so comfortably. The Government Inspector will be staged at The Henfield Hall from Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 October 2021. Performances are at 7.45pm each evening with a Saturday matinée starting at 2.30pm. Tickets, priced £12, are available online from www.henfieldtheatrecompany.com or from the box office at Stevens Estate Agents, Henfield High Street (01273 492141). Stevens have also kindly sponsored the production.
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sparkling tea was laid on at Tottington Manor at the end of August for all those who volunteered at the Henfield Vaccination Clinic; aka ‘the Henfield Covid Crushers’. We celebrated the fact that achieving over 90% vaccinations in our adult population in Henfield has meant that we can live a more normal life again, have parties and above all hug our loved ones. Between us we have delivered 16,562 vaccines in the clinic and 259 to housebound patients… and we are still counting. We have been living and breathing Covid vaccines! There have been so many unknowns throughout the rollout of the vaccination programme requiring a leap of faith. But as a (relatively) small village we have an enormous heart and we committed and pulled together. Without the support of the volunteers, I do not think we could have attempted it. As soon as the vaccination programme was announced we held meetings with the Henfield Parish Council and Friends of the Medical Centre to talk through the options and possibilities. We were all disappointed not to be able to set up a clinic at the very start because of the vaccine supply lines limiting us to one site per group of four practices. However we knew that if we could find a loophole to enable us to set up in Henfield, we would have the full force of the volunteers to back us up. We played the ‘rural’ card, and with a bit of help from our MP Andrew Griffiths, we were off and flying! Before committing we needed to know that
we could deliver the vaccine programme, and that the delivery of ‘business as usual’ general practice would not be affected. The first required an enormous amount of work and planning by our team, and the second relied on the volunteers stepping up; and boy did they deliver! We are very proud that we have continued to provide a full GP service with face-to-face appointments when clinically required throughout this pandemic: those GP-bashing articles in certain tabloid newspapers don’t apply to us! At the event, special thanks were given to the following: the ladies from the Parish Council who made all the phone calls to book the appointments – it was a pleasure to work with you all; the car park volunteers who were cheerful in all weathers; the chair wipers who were always ready to pick up a fainter; the data entry team in the vaccination pods who were so focused; the ‘drawer-uppers’ who managed a very complicated process for the Pfizer vaccine which required special training and concentration; and finally the vaccinators who were a motley crew of retired and current GPs, consultants, nurses, dentists, paramedics and pharmacists. Special mention was also given to Peter Bates who organised the outdoor teams; our lead nurse Cara Rogers who ran the clinics; and our practice manager Morven Banks who organised it all. Many of the clinical staff worked for nothing, donating their fee to local charities, including nearly £18,000 for the Henfield Haven and smaller amounts to other organisations.
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Signed, Sealed, Delivered! Having been victims of the “pingdemic” earlier in the summer, we decided not to risk any specific travel plans, and so for the Underwood summer holiday this year we elected to go to the “Big Smoke” for a few days and take our two boys, Elliott (9) and Owen (7) to see the sights of London. One event being the obligatory trip to Hamleys. I can remember being taken there once at a similar age by my parents and feeling totally overwhelmed by the size and volume of the toys on display and not knowing what to buy. Fast Forward 35 years and things were similar…. but different. Budgets were set (with a haggle margin built-in) and excitement was built up. The number of toys on display didn’t disappoint, but the prices certainly did! It turned out our budget hadn’t considered the “Hamley’s factor” and wasn’t enough for anything with a microchip or the word “Lego” on it. I looked around to see many parents in a similar predicament of whether to sour the day by sticking to their guns or succumb to the pressure and suck it up. I considered my options – up the budget or have a nice bottle of wine with dinner and did what any kind and sensible parent would do. It was a nice red and went perfectly with my steak! Actually, I did what wasn’t possible 35 years ago and showed the boys what they could buy with their cash via a popular online market place. I should point out that this is not a step I would have taken had we been anywhere else – we’re very pro shopping local and in store normally, but I felt less guilty given Hamleys international ownership. We found the same toys for half the price and once ordered, they were delivered the following day – we didn’t even need to cart them back on the train and the wine was still in play! Granted, I appreciate the magic of moment was lost a bit but there were two happy faces the next day with more formed plastic for their buck. There’s a lot to be said for home delivery!
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rganisers from Henfield Parish Council, St Peter’s Church and Henfield Community Partnership had been glued to their weather Apps all week while, (in typically English style), the forecast chopped and changed, threatening all sorts of inclement conditions. Revd. Paul Doick had been given responsibility for arranging fine weather (or at least, putting in a gentle request) and his prayers were answered; Sunday 22 August dawned beautifully for all the friends, family, churchgoers and local families to walk the beautiful route from one of our three Parish Churches to Sussex Prairie Gardens. Louise Clark, who passed away very suddenly earlier this year after a short illness, was a brilliant mum, a wonderful wife and a great friend to many people in the village. She was at various times Administrator at the three Parish churches and Chair of Governors at St Peter’s School. She was absolutely passionate about children’s church, in fact she loved children and they adored her! Her energy, creativity and enthusiasm for Little Fishes, held at St Peter’s Church, as well as other various 36 | BN5 Magazine
children’s church teaching, gave great pleasure to many young people. Donations from Walk for Louise will all go to Children’s Church projects in the parish, including the purchase of furniture and equipment for Little Fishes. Louise would’ve thoroughly approved of this, so thanks to all who have donated, this fundraising event really will make a difference. The routes were almost entirely off-road, from St Peter’s Henfield meandering across Henfield common, past the donkeys and miniature ponies at Swains Farm (much to the delight of the children), across stiles and bridges which traversed muddy streams (much to the delight of the dogs!). Walkers passed along dappled footpaths and fields lined with ancient oaks, reminding us how very lucky we are to live in this beautiful corner of the world. Groups of friends, acquaintances and strangers struck up conversations and enjoyed the sunshine in contented camaraderie. Two other groups of walkers enjoyed the scenery from St Peter’s in firstname.lastname@example.org
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Woodmancote and St Giles in Shermanbury. Along the way, children enjoyed a ‘nature trail’ spotting pictures of animals. Walkers, muddy dogs and excited children clutching the sticks they’d collected on the way all arrived at Sussex Prairie Garden, ready for cold drinks, ice cream, tea and cakes. They were enthusiastically greeted by Henfield Parish Council and Community Partnership volunteers (who had also set up at marshal posts along the way to make sure no one ended up in the wrong county!) as well as Pauline from Sussex Prairies, who kindly gave walkers stickers for free entry to the gardens as a lovely reward for the walk. And what a reward it was! The Soho Village Jazz Band were playing in the sunshine, tea, cake, picnics and even delicious Indian thali food was enjoyed, before the tired walkers returned to the village on minibuses provided by Henfield Haven and the Self Help Group. The final word on the day goes to Robert, Louise’s husband: “What a fantastic day this was
as the community came together in recognition of all the work Louise has done in Henfield. We really enjoyed our walk through beautiful countryside, with good company, finishing in a very special place at Sussex Prairies, which Louise loved. We really appreciate the time and effort that everybody put in to make today happen. As with most today, we were also spectators, and I’d like to thank those that both thought of this idea, and then brought it to life, thank you all. Together with all the volunteers helping today, you have not just created some very special memories, but also reminded us what a special community we live in.”
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s Halloween approaches and we start spooking ourselves with things that go bump in the night, spiders, bats, rats and other natural ‘horrors’ traditionally take centre stage. Of course, none of these creatures are at all horrific but some have been immortalised in one of the creepiest pieces of natural history writing on record. The setting of this malevolent masterpiece is a gloomy cavern, with a steaming cauldron at the centre. Stooped over it are Shakespeare’s Three Witches, preparing a potion for a guilt-ridden Macbeth while chanting those infamous lines: “Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.” The disturbing recipe they go on to describe is not for the faint hearted as they toss in a hapless toad, toe of frog and eye of newt alongside dragon scales, wolf teeth and even more unmentionable ingredients. This would have shocked the audience and set a suitably scary, supernatural tone as people pictured each gruesome addition to the bubbling cauldron. But don’t be fooled. Shakespeare drew inspiration from the early herbalists and healers, using botanical terms shrouded in mystery to conjure up a creepy atmosphere. Plants with healing properties were given a host of descriptive and fanciful names, as were the resulting herbal concoctions, and these were often deliberately misleading so that expert
herbalists could protect their professional secrets and dissuade the common folk from trying their own hand. Secrecy was an even greater priority for unlicensed healers and especially women, who were regularly accused of witchcraft. To safeguard themselves and their wares, they relied on coded recipes and cryptic, somewhat ominous references. Decoding the Witches’ ingredients on this basis, the toad becomes Common Toadflax, a pretty yellow flower with anti-inflammatory properties. Toe of frog is Bulbous Buttercup, while wool of bat is either Holly or moss. The infamous eye of newt probably refers to Black Mustard seed, which could resemble tiny eyeballs if you squint, and was used as a poultice to improve circulation. Scale of dragon translates to Tarragon – all very harmless so far. But tooth of wolf is Wolfsbane – a potentially deadly poison. Toxic Yew (“silver’d in the moon’s eclipse”) and Hemlock (“digg’d in the dark”) feature too, their names deliberately undisguised to heighten the anxiety of a nervous audience, fully aware of the Witches’ malign intent. So even if no animals were harmed during the making of their macabre mixture, it was certainly not safe to drink.
Charlotte Owen, WildCall Officer at the Sussex Wildlife Trust
Wool of Brown Long-eared Bat © Hugh Clark FRPS Sussex Wildlife Trust
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Employment Tribunals Increasingly employers of all sizes need to be aware of how to deal with claims brought by their employees at Employment Tribunal. Employment Tribunals were established in the 1960s with the intention of providing an independent and straightforward forum for resolving disputes between employers and employees. With the average time between starting a claim and the case being heard at tribunal being 27 weeks, this has hampered the efficient resolution of disputes. Even a relatively simple claim may take up to a year before it is settled, and the more complicated claims, even longer.
An employee has the right to submit a claim to an Employment Tribunal, even if the claim is doomed to fail. If a company does receive notification from ACAS that a claim has been issued, as the employer, you should engage in ‘early conciliation’, where a conciliator from ACAS opens discussions between both the claimant (the employee) and the respondent (the employer), in attempt to settle and resolve the dispute informally. This may take place over the phone, for up to 6 weeks, and allows the opportunity to resolve and settle the dispute quickly and confidentially, without the costs of the matter going to a formal hearing at tribunal. Therefore, a request to enter into early conciliation should generally not be ignored, even if the company believes that the claim has no merits. If, as the respondent, you decline to enter into early conciliation, this allows the claimant to escalate their case straight to an Employment Tribunal. In the event that the matter is not settled during early conciliation, once the case does reach a formal tribunal hearing, there are very strict time limits by which the employer must reply to the Tribunal, submitting their defence. As the company’s defence will be the first formal document from the Company considered by the Tribunal, it is imperative that all material facts and legal defences are put forward in this document.
for a full hearing. The parties will be required to exchange copies of any relevant documents with each other, and those who intend to give oral evidence will be required to provide a written statement which they will read at the hearing. One party – usually the employee, puts their case first, explaining why the treatment has been unfair or unlawful and calling witness evidence where necessary. That party is then subject to crossexamination by the other. The process is then reversed, following which the Tribunal will either deliver an oral verdict, or if the matters are more complex, may deliver their verdict in writing at a later stage. If either party is aggrieved by the decision, they may have the right to appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal, but can only do so if the Tribunal either made an error as to the law, or made a factual finding that was perverse having regard to the evidence offered. A party cannot appeal simply because they disagree with the decision.
A high percentage of Tribunal claims involve dismissal, with the common allegation being that it was unfair. Compensation for unfair dismissal can be up to £76,576. More serious cases, such as claims of discrimination can be even more costly to Employers, and it is important to remember that on top of basic awards, Employers may also be responsible for additional payments, such as compensatory awards, injury to feelings, unpaid wages, or loss of earnings. There are statutory dismissal procedures in place that employers should follow, especially for employees with over two years’ continuous service. These procedures revolve around the principle of communication; the provision of information to the employee; the opportunity to discuss matters at a formal hearing; and the right of appeal against the disciplinary decision.
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